Obstacles to Overcome and Mistakes to Forgive It is fascinating when two people from completely different backgrounds have common characteristics. A world of poverty is depicted in Liz Murray’s book Breaking Night (2010). The memoir tells the struggles of a young girl’s journey from living on the city streets to attending one of the top schools in the country. Although our lives are quite different, Liz Murray and I show similar traits through struggle and success.
Many people are become and are shaped by their country, beliefs, and values. Zia is an international student from Pakistan who is studying to be able to join the civil service in Pakistan. His ultimate goal is to teach political philosophy. Because he is from Pakistan he has certain different beliefs and values, from Americans, that model his behavior and interactions with others, but I won’t be talking about the person he is in Pakistan. No, I will be writing about the person Zia is here at Concordia College-Moorhead and the impact he has had on those around him.
Education had been completely banned for girls, and boys limited to learning the Quran when the Taliban entered Afghanistan. Latifa and her friend Farida had ‘lived this closeted life’ in which they do ‘nothing at all’ and they both thought they should pass on the knowledge they had acquired. Inspired by the bravery of their former teacher Mrs Fawzia who had set up a secret school but was then caught by the Taliban in the middle of teaching (her pupils were beaten, and she was thrown down the stairs causing her leg to break and then thrown into jail), Latifa, Farida, Maryam and another one of their friends (unnamed) set up a school where they teach mathematics, reading, writing, history and English in their own homes. The girls, their families, and neighbours all work together to ensure the school runs safely and smoothly, each person contributing one way or another, from gathering school supplies to keeping lookout for the Taliban. The creation of the school shows incredible bravery and resilience of the families’ human spirit in that they decided to all work together to give an education to their children, even though they could be caught and executed by the Taliban. By creating the school, their lives were transformed for the better because they had a focus and a purpose in their
As a child, Jeannette’s sense of wonder and curiosity in the world undermine the need for money. During her young adult years, a new wave of insecurity associated with her poor past infects her. Finally, as an experienced and aged woman, Jeannette finds joy and nostalgia in cherishing her poverty- stricken past. It must be noted that no story goes without a couple twists and turns, especiallydefinitely not Jeannette Walls’. The fact of the matter is that growing up in poverty effectively craftsed, and transformsed her into the person she becomeshas become. While statistics and research show that living in poverty can be detrimental to a child’s self-esteem, Jeannette Walls encourages children living in poverty to have ownership over their temporary situation, and never to feel inferior because of past or present socio-economic
In A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Education or the lack thereof shows it’s importance in a modern day society. The novel uncovers many problems in Afghanistan and how they could have been prevented from an educated public, especially women. Empowered women might have had a bigger influence in their society regarding the Taliban, abuse and child/unwanted marriage if they were educated and couldn’t become victimized by men.
Poverty is a terrible condition, which as unfortunate as it is, many people across the globe suffer from. Poverty can present itself in many ways and in many different circumstances, which is shown in the following stories. In ' Angela's Ashes' by Frank McCourt, young Frank is burdened with the responsibiliity of providing for his family. Similarly, in 'The Street' by Ann Petry, Lutie, a single black mother, is struggling to find shelter for her family. In both 'Angela's Ashes' and 'The Street,' a key member of each family is desperately trying to support their loved ones and meet their basic human needs. In both passages, the author uses specific characters, events, and settings to demonstrate the theme that one needs perseverance to overcome poverty.
Imagine you’re driving down a road and arrive at a red light. As you glance to your right, you see a woman standing there with a sign that reads, “Without work, anything will help”. Do you stop and give the spare change in your purse? Do you look the other way? Poverty is a difficulty that affects numerous families not only in the United States, but around the world. Jeannette Walls shows in her memoir, The Glass Castle, which describes her hardships as a child, that some poverty-stricken families chose to remain silent, afraid of the embarrassment they feel they’d face, or in denial of their situation. Despite the various drawbacks that weighed down the families hopes of survival, it only lit a fire in Jeannette to become a strong woman who appreciates what she has, knowing it could all disappear in an instant.
“I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school. All I want is an education,” said Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education. In today's society, many people don’t realize how grateful they should be for the education they receive. Even the slightest education is much
Hosseini begins to show the loss of innocence and the effects of the conflict with the Soviet takeover. “The generation of Afghan
Education helps provide a sliver of hope in dark times. “It was school that kept me going in those dark days.” (Yousafzai 135) During this time, Malala and her family were going through a tough time, as her and her father were being threatened by the Taliban, an Islamic militia from Pakistan. School was Malala’s only happy part of the day, because she could be at ease and focus on something she loves-- education. “‘Let us pick up our books and our pens,’ I said. ‘They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.'” (Yousafzai 310) If someone has an education, they can already have a sliver of hope. It gives them more opportunities that they will be able to escape poverty, thus earning more hope. Malala writes “The Taliban could take our pens and books, but they could not stop our minds from thinking." (Yousafzai 77) Even though the Taliban had tried to stop girls from going to school, they could not take away their education. The knowledge was still in their minds, which could help them, help themselves. Malala says “For us girls that
Firstlife is a fantasy novel similar to our world where there are two after life's: two heavens and one hell. Gena Showalter has built a world which lets her show us a side to the human mind which we don’t look at very often. This twisting and turning plot shows how quickly a person's point of view can change when we learn something we didn’t know before. Characters are stuck in a world where there next life will be decided on which “heaven” they chose sign their allegiance to, and they are polar opposites of each others.
Several concepts and topics are mentioned, in this book, which were convicting to my spiritual life. Similarly to The Mission of God’s People, obedience was portrayed as important. This is a recurring theme throughout “One Life”, that suggest reasons to live for God in accordance with his teachings. Chapter by chapter there are key concepts, like the parables, sex, vocation and commitment listed, to promote to the reader our mission on earth. This book is written in a way that sparked my interest and related topics on many present-day scenarios. What to consider if reading One Life is that to get into heaven, God is seeking for our full commitment to Him. Reflecting on each chapter of the book, starting off, One.Life was a challenge to how
Greetings from William Carey Academy. As the Guidance Counselor and former World History teacher of Samiha Chetona Khan, it is my pleasure to recommend her to your University. I hope that through my brief and humble letter, you would be able to find Khan as a suitable student for your
In this study, we investigated the relationship between life regard, perceived social support, HIV symptom load, forgiveness and optimism. We hypothesized that life regard, perceived social support and forgiveness would positively correlate with optimism, people who reported HIV symptoms would be less optimistic than people without HIV related symptoms and that our independent variables accounted for a significant proportion of variance in optimism.
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” This inspirational saying by Malala Yousafzai helped my understanding of what has been happening in Pakistan and many other countries all over the world. It shows us how important the littlest things can be and how by ourselves, we can make an impact on the world. In the book, I am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai, Malala explained how as a child, she was denied education because of the Taliban (a group of terrorists) and she chose to do something about it: she spoke out against them. When they tried to retaliate, even more people joined her cause for justice. In a similar case, Arnold (Junior), in the book The absolute Diary of a Part TIme Indian, was a boy living on a North American Indian reservation (rez) where unlike Malala, he was able to go to school, but his schools were very bad. Mr. P, his teacher, told him that if he does not leave the res, that he will not get any further in life. He decided to transfer to Reardan, a school outside of the reservation, where he knows that it will not be easy. He faces discrimination and he is exposed to more and more of the terrible things that happen in the world. And even though we learn from him that living on an Indian reservation is not a walk in the park, and that even living there does not compare to going to school at Reardan. Unfortunately for these two characters, they have both faced hardships that have deeply affected their lives. These stories show that when someone is in an environment that makes them lose their innocence, sometimes they also lose faith in humanity; when that has happened to someone, they might want to stand up for the other people with similar struggles.